Food Review | The Roost – Lawrence, KS

french toast at the roostIf you’re looking for the perfect brunching spot, look no further. Last July The Roost opened it’s doors at 920 Massachusetts in Lawrence, KS and it is thriving. This should not be a surprise – they boast a great location, a solid food and drink menu, top notch service, and a nicely designed dining room and bar area in which to eat their SUPER TASTY FOOD. If you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday mid-morning, do not be put off by the wait – it is worth waiting for. This said, it may be hard to take your grandma since there isn’t much seating for the waitees and please don’t bring your kid in a stroller if you’re planning to wait inside because you will be in the way. That said, this is a family friendly place and two tables next to me sported kids and toddlers who were pretty stoked about the pancakes and french toast that I only wish I could have tried.

boy eating roost pancakeOnto my experience: It was a mid-Sunday morning so I figured there would be a wait. When we phoned in and asked how long, they said about 45 minutes. We were able to put our name on the list and arrived about 25 minutes later. They had a table ready for us and showed us to it directly. A lovely waitress arrived in a cute outfit to take our drink order promptly. I was pleased with my organic tea selection and my partner enjoyed his Americano. The regular coffee was so-so, tasted a bit burnt. We ordered a Rooster with sausage links and potato pancakes and a tomato & avocado benny. Rooster: eggs done just how I ordered them – tasty, sausages – big fat links, yum, potato pancakes – wow, they were really full of flavor and plenty of sour cream on the side to make them even unhealthier. I was a very happy camper. Benny: eggs done just right, potatoes were a bit buttery, avocado was fresh and the benedict sauce was a little thinner and better than most other places we’ve eaten. My only complaint would be that my mug had a crack and I lost a minuscule amount of tea. My pardner says stick with espresso instead of regular joe. Because of the large room format I could see noise being an issue for some people. All in all, great experience. campfire breakfast at the roost
The top and bottom food photos provided are from The Roost’s website and credited to photographer Jane Kortright. I’ve also read positive feedback on their lunch sandwiches: blog by Mrs. Mass. And finally if you want to read more reviews, The Roost is a hit on Yelp. They are open daily from 7am – 3pm so stop on by and enjoy yourself some tasty cookin’.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: